Vietnam TravelKon Tum, Vietnam – A Simple and Surprise-Filled Adventure

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Kon Tum is a city in Vietnam located in the Central Highlands. It’s known for its natural beauty and outdoor activities, including hiking and biking, as well as its rich history and culture. If you’re looking for an adventure-filled Southeast Asian town that’s off the beaten path, look no further than Kon Tum, Vietnam. This charming town is filled with friendly locals, delicious food and plenty of surprises waiting to be discovered. From its vibrant markets to its awe-inspiring temples, Kon Tum is a hidden treasure waiting to be explored.

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The town has a population of around 172,712 people (2019) and is home to several interesting sites, such as the Kon Tum Cathedral and the Chua Mot Cot Pagoda. The town is also known for its cuisine, which features ingredients like wild boar, deer, quail eggs, and bamboo shoots.

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The markets in Kon Tum are a great place to find some unique souvenirs to take home with you. You’ll find everything from handmade jewelry to traditional Vietnamese handicrafts. Be sure to bargaining for the best prices, and don’t be afraid to try some of the local delicacies that are for sale. You’re sure to have a great time browsing through the markets in Kon Tum.

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The food in Kon Tum is not to be missed. You’ll find a variety of delicious Vietnamese dishes, as well as some international cuisine. Be sure to try the pho, a soup made with rice noodles, beef or chicken and topped with fresh herbs. Other popular dishes include banh mi sandwiches and nem nuong, grilled pork skewers that are a popular street food.

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Some of the unique attractions in Kon Tum include the temples and waterfalls. The temples are a great place to learn about the local culture and religion, and the waterfalls offer a refreshing break from the heat. Be sure to take some time to explore all that Kon Tum has to offer.

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Kon Tum is a great place to visit for an adventure-filled getaway. You’ll find plenty of activities to keep you busy, from exploring the temples and markets to hiking the nearby waterfalls. You’ll also get to experience the delicious food and warm hospitality of the locals. So if you’re looking for an exciting and unique travel destination, be sure to add Kon Tum to your list.

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HaSangie
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Kon Tum is amazing. It seems the area is beautiful year round too which is a bonus. It is one of those places that you can spend a day, a week, or a month in and enjoy your time and feel it was well spent. 

Larsay
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Ever heard of that man (part of my personal travel notes on Vietnam, where I live since October 2007 and where I travel constantly, being on retirement) ??? To arrive in his “capital” Kon Jari, you just follow the river road ???? Marie the First, King of the Sedang (1888-1890)  Marie-David de Mayrena was a Frenchman from Saigon married to a Cham and speaking Vietnamese and Cham fluently. He was living from menial jobs. In 1888, fearing that the Siamese, encouraged by the Germans, penetrate into Laos through the Highlands, the French Governor of Indochina gets the idea of creating a League of the Highlands Minorities, the bahnar, jaraï, moï and sedang, and asks de Mayrena to go there without an official and try to create that league. De Mayrena arrives in Kon Tum through Qui Nhon and An Khe and makes a tour of the local tribes dressed in a diplomat uniform, a saber in a golden and nacre scabbard, and a flag bearer. He manages to convince the bahnar and writes a Constitution of the Banhar Confederation. He continues with the Sedang and the Jaraï (all those tribes were in perpetual wars). He manages to convince the banahr so much that they ask him to become their king. He writes a second constitution with him as King under the name Marie the First. That constitution establishes a government with one of his French friends as Minister of Foreign Affairs and War, a missionary as Great Almoner, and includes 2 articles, one prohibiting human sacrifices and the other Catholicism as the Kingdom’s religion. He also creates 2 Orders: the Order of Sainte Marguerite to reward military value, and the Order of the Sedang Merit for good services towards the Kingdom. He also prints money and stamps. A funny kingdom,… Read more »

TrueBaby
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I have a distant relative who lived in Kon Tum so I was able to visit here a few times as a child. They have since moved but I would love to go back as an adult some day!

TBH23
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Kon Tum sounds lovely. I like that the population is not overly dense and they have a lot of nature living amongst the buildings. I will have to go here one day. I never considered it before.

ElizabethGardner
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ElizabethGardner

I’m a big fan of traveling to Vietnam and I’ve been to Kon Tum a few times. I was surprised to see it get so much attention in this article because it’s such a small town. But then again, that’s what makes it so charming!

anon23
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anon23

Hello!

I am so happy to see people talking about Kon Tum, because it is a beautiful place that deserves more attention. It’s a simple town, but the surrounding nature is breathtaking. I would highly recommend anyone who wants to go on an adventure to visit Kon Tum. It’s well worth it!

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